North Boulder has become a destination in its own right over the past few years. It’s even got a nickname — call it NoBo — to lend credibility to its hipness. Once an industrial outpost that visitors passed through on their way to Rocky Mountain National Park, this section of the city now boasts a thriving arts and culture scene.
This northern edge of the city gets nature’s blessing with the presence of Wonderland Lake and panoramic views of the foothills.
Booking an Airbnb in North Boulder can provide a new perspective of this college town — one that might include deer darting through the backyard or a fresh, architectural take on green building.
Here are the best Airbnbs in North Boulder if you’re looking for:
An Artistic Retreat
Whether you need a creative muse or are looking for a beautiful, eco-friendly retreat, this three-bedroom rental is one of the most iconic Airbnb listings in Boulder. (That’s saying a lot.)
Swoon, which is the fitting name for the property, is a net-zero energy use building that’s geothermally heated and cooled. Large, open spaces are splashed by the sun.
The building was designed by artist Rebecca DiDomenico in collaboration with architect and builder Mike Moore from tres birds workshop. The art house doubles as DiDomenico’s studio. The house’s “ingredients,” she explains, include rammed earth, concrete, steel, glass and wood from recycled train car sides.
A Spa-Like Experience
This award-winning, 3,000-square-foot home looks like it’s been torn from the page of a glossy home design magazine. That’s not a stretch, either: The house was featured in Natural Home Magazine, nabbing a “Bathroom of the Year” title. Certainly, some star amenities here include those in the spa-like bathroom, including a steam shower, a sauna and a soaking tub. Basically, this house doubles as a spa. Other cool features include a pergola-covered dining area, gas grill, pizza oven and fire pit. The house also has two new outdoor hot tubs.
A Rustic Escape
This farmhouse in North Boulder features expansive grassy fields and a patio area with a barbecue. But slide open the doors, and prepare to be enamored with the chic farmhouse decor and spacious open floor plan in this two-bedroom home. Home Host offers concierge services for this rental, and, as a perk, guests get vouchers to local businesses, include a beer flight at Fate Brewery (editor’s note: Fate Brewing Co. has since closed), a free bottle of wine at Cured, a drop-in class at Radiance Power Yoga and a hot house tea at the Dushanbe Tea House.
A Great Kitchen
Immaculately decorated, this renovated mid-century modern home sits on a one-acre lot. It includes a covered outdoor patio plus a secondary patio with strings of bistro lights draped above, making it an ideal setting to unwind with a bottle of your favorite Boulder beer. This property is definitely a good bet if you plan on cooking for your crew as it features a spacious, modern kitchen and a dining room with a slab teak table and custom bar.
A Whimsical Retreat
This beautiful casita is reminiscent of the Southwest and is surrounded by gardens. The serene North Boulder property includes fruit trees, outdoor patios, an Italian fountain and a swing underneath a covered porch. The space, which can house up to two people, is 420-friendly, as well.